Quilts for Kids Warms Hearts

Quilts for kids warms hearts

MAY 2, 2012

Upon threading and tying the final piece of fabric into her homemade quilt, Kathy Werner experienced a warm sensation.
She already felt comfortable on this Monday afternoon, the sun shining  down on her Central Avenue home. This new warmth, however, came from knowing her soft, handcrafted quilt would soon help a child in need. Werner is among a handful of Sandusky residents sewing quilts to benefit children in foster care all across Ohio.

In most cases, foster children own very little — sometimes nothing — when they’re placed into an unfamiliar home. By providing the children with a quilt, Werner and her fellow sewers ensure the kids always have something of their own, no matter where they go. “I like the idea of these children receiving a quilt,” Werner said, caressing the cotton-blend creation draped across her lap. “I also like the idea, knowing that I am making something that a child will cherish for the rest of (his or her) life.”

The local quilters are joining about 20 others throughout the state in a collaborative effort to create 31 quilts in 31 days — one for each day in May.

Werner’s daughter, 2000 Sandusky High graduate Beth Charville, brainstormed the idea after completing 31 quilts in 31 days in May 2011.

Charville also raised an additional $2,100 through her efforts to help purchase additional supplies for the project.

This year, Charville has asked others to help her complete 31 quilts in 31 days. The recruitment is putting more muscle behind the cause, and it also gives the project more exposure.

Charville plans to make two quilts on her own this month.

“I have decided I wasn’t crazy anymore, and decided to get quilters to help me make 31 quilts in 31 days,” Charville said.

Charville is also the executive director of the Columbusbased My Very Own Blanket, a nonprofit that makes thousands of blankets each year and donates them to Ohio children in foster care.

“Mostchildrenhaveablanket or a stuffed animal they have had since they were a baby,” Charville said. “And when they get in a fight with their mom or brother, they go to that item for comfort.

“We want to provide that comfort to as many children in foster care,” she said.



Kathy Werner is among a handful of Sandusky residents sewing quilts to benefit children in foster care all across Ohio. She is pictured Monday on the porch of her Sandusky home.










May 2, 2012